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Costco Gives Health Workers And First Responders Front Of Line Priority

With health workers experiencing the horrors of COVID-19 first hand, many business have taken to supporting these brave individuals in however way they can. This includes advancing to the front of the long lines to enter Costco Warehouses.

Costco is now granting priority access to healthcare workers and first responders during the days of this pandemic. This extends to police officers, EMTs, and firefighters. All these guests will need to do is present a Costco membership card and an official form of identification that clearly states their role and they will automatically be allowed to jump in front of any line in order to enter the warehouse.

With healthcare workers and first responders pulling double, sometimes triple duties during this pandemic, skipping the line is the least we can all offer them.

At the time of publication, the earlier hours for seniors and two persons per membership card being allowed into the warehouse is still in effect as well.

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Guy Fieri Wasted No Time In Feeding California Fire Victims and First Responders

A devastating wildfire is mercilessly sweeping through Northern California right now. Known as the Carr Fire, the blaze began a week ago in Redding, CA, scorching more than 98,000 acres and destroying over 850 structures. At the time of publication six lives have already been claimed by the disaster, including that of two firefighters.

While first responders work tirelessly to extinguish the flames and evacuate people, culinary icons are stepping up to lend a hand with the efforts. Among them were celebrity chefs Guy Fieri and Jose Andres.

The fire began last Monday on Highway 299, caused by a spark from the mechanical failure of a vehicle.

Fieri told CNN that as a kid, he would often visit Redding. When news of the fire broke, Fieri, his son, and some of their friends caravanned out from Wine Country to help assist victims and first responders.

Teaming up with with non-profit Operation BBQ Relief, Fieri and his team got to work serving meals to over a thousand evacuees and first responders. Operation BBQ Relief provided the teams with smokers and pit crews to organize the cooking efforts.

They were joined by chef Jose Andres and the non-profit World Central Kitchen as the collective diligently worked to help keep both crews and victims fed. Donations of beef from nearby cattle farmers were provided for the chefs to smoke.

Though many are coming together to tackle this blaze, there is still a long road ahead before the Carr Fire is out. With so much devastation already claimed by the fire, it’s inspiring to see so many come together in an effort to assist those in need during this time.

As of run time of this story, CalFire reports that 20 percent of the fire has been contained.

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Fast Food News Restaurants

Chick-fil-A Actually Opened On A Sunday After A Fatal Shooting

Chick-fil-A is known for being closed on Sundays. It’s a fact that every fan hates, complains about, but eventually accepts. There are exceptions to the rule, however, as a Colorado Chick-fil-A opened its doors and helped feed first responders after a deadly shooting on Sunday, December 31.

The shooting occurred at an apartment in Highlands Ranch, as a suspect shot hundreds of rounds at Colorado deputies, according to Bro Bible.

The gunman killed Douglas County Deputy Zackari Parrish, and wounded six others before being taken down by SWAT, according to Fox 31 Denver.

While a somber day for Coloradans, the Park Meadows Chick-fil-A tried to help by opening its doors and serving 400 chicken sandwiches to first responders.

You might remember that after the tragic Orlando night club shooting in 2016, Chick-fil-A employees went in to work Sunday and made sandwiches for people donating blood to the One Blood center.

Also, just last month, the Chick-fil-A inside Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport also opened on a Sunday, as a massive power outage hit the airport, leading them to hand out sandwiches to passengers.

So Chick-fil-A’s Sunday closure policy isn’t as strict as it seems, but it unfortunately takes terrible occurrences for them to open their doors.

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Macaroni Grill Is Offering First Responders Free Meals For The Entire Month Of October

Over the past month or so, the United States and the world have been bombarded with a barrage of natural disasters. Intense earthquakes, raging fires, and severe hurricanes have crippled significant portions of the nation. Thanks to the hard work of thousands of first responders, including our firemen, policemen, hospital medical staff, EMTs, and paramedics, many lives have been saved and a lot of work has been done to help relief efforts. As a way to say thank you, Romano’s Macaroni Grill is offering these first responders free meals for the entire month of October.

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Photo courtesy of Romano’s Macaroni Grill

From now until October 31st, any first responder who stops in at any of Macaroni Grill’s 93 locations will get a free Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs and Spaghetti entree. First responders simply need to show their credentials, and the offer is valid for lunch or dinner anytime they dine in for the rest of the month.

Macaroni Grill’s Senior Vice President of Operations, Randy Sharpe, says that the meal offer is the “least we can do” for these first responders that put their lives at risk to assist those in need.

It’s definitely a great way to say thanks and provide some hot food to those who’ve been working around the clock to ensure our safety this past month.